Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is likely to soon be”out of football for a tiny time period” as he receives professional assistance to deal with”ongoing issues”, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Scotland forward, 28, has made 22 appearances in a stop-start season that has been interrupted by injuries.

Griffiths withdrew from the Scotland squad to confront Israel and Portugal at October to focus on his fitness regimen.

“Leigh has received ongoing issues for any range of weeks,” Rodgers said.

“He’s reached a place where it is a struggle because of him personally. We will provide him all the expert help he wants to get back him at a good place “

Rodgers declined to elaborate on the issues, calling them”confidential”, but said Griffiths”needs to find a happiness”.

“He’s a great guy but football and life is tough for him now,” Rodgers added. “we would like to help him with that and we’ll let you know when he is back.

“I’m very intimate with him. We’ve got a relationship that is powerful and he has had a range of issues outside football.

“Happily for him personally, for the conditions that young players along with young men and women in general can come across, there’s fantastic support out there.

“It’s not a weakness to talk now. Forget football, think of the guy as a person and take it from there.

“The most essential things for managers and trainers is the welfare of players. He has of our service – the team, the staff and the fans “

Griffiths has scored six goals this year, but the most recent in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Hamilton Academical on 2-4 November.

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